Accession Number : AD1026104


Title :   Mission Accomplished Rebuilding the Iraqi and Afghan Armies


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States


Personal Author(s) : Beal,James F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1026104.pdf


Report Date : 01 Jun 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 103


Abstract : The two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated that the U.S. military must be prepared to conduct foreign security force assistance missions as a major element of the U.S. national security strategy. This thesis is a study of the United States attempt to build strong central armies in Iraq and Afghanistan in the midst of a larger nation-building effort. Following the collapse of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein regimes, the U.S. military was tasked to rebuild the national armies of Afghanistan and Iraq. Since the departure of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011 and the withdrawal of combat advisors from Afghanistan in 2014, the Islamic State has gained control of significant territory in Iraq including Mosul, Iraqs second largest city, while the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantKhorasan control 30 percent of Afghan districts. The purpose of this thesis is to explain why, despite $60billion and more than a decade of military advisory efforts, the Iraqi and Afghan national armies are not unified sustainable forces loyal to the central government and capable of defending their territories from internal and external threats. There are four key premises as to why the Iraqi and Afghan armies have not met the expectations of a sustainable and legitimate central army: failure to achieve legitimacy of governance, lack of motivation and will to fight, creation of an army in the Western image rather than an army that meets the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the lack of a long-term U.S. strategy and commitment.


Descriptors :   contingency operations (military) , military history , military advisors , military organizations , counterterrorism , culture (social sciences) , iraqiwar , national security , national politics , warfare , Iraq , Afghanistan , counterinsurgency , military forces (foreign)


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE